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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 279 | YAP Conference Preview

Matt and Dusty sit down with Sara Tallmadge to talk about the Young Ag Professional (YAP) Conference that is coming up in January. She provides a nice preview of what to expect at this year’s event. Dusty also chats with Dr. Justin Welsh with Merck Animal Health about new technologies in animal agriculture.

00:00 Intro and OCJ/OAN Staff Update  

07:32 Dr. Justin Welsh – Merck Animal Health 

24:46 Back with Sara Tallmadge – YAP Conference… Continue reading

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OCA BEST kicks off in December

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) Beef Exhibitor Show Total (BEST) Program is excited to commence a new season with this year’s theme “On a Quest to be the BEST,” alongside sponsoring partners: Evans Cattle Company, Ag-Pro, Bob Evans Farms, Diamond T Land & Cattle Co., D&E Electric, M.H. EBY Inc.,  Ricer Equipment, Weaver Leather Livestock, The Folks Printing, Dickson Cattle Co., Jones Show Cattle, RD Jones Excavating, Shepard Cattle Company, and Six R Farms. 

BEST is a youth development program of OCA that recognizes Ohio’s junior beef exhibitors for participation and placings through a series of sanctioned cattle shows that include showmanship competitions, educational contests, leadership opportunities and community service. Juniors earn points for participation in each sanctioned show which they are rewarded for at the end-of-season banquet.

The schedule for this year’s season is as follows:

• AGR Holiday Classic, Columbus — Dec. 9-11

• Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown, Columbus — Jan.… Continue reading

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FSA microloans an opportunity for small, beginning farms

By Chris Zoller, Ohio State University Extension educator, ANR, Tuscarawas County

Housed in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides loan opportunities for agricultural producers. Microloans were developed for and are available to better serve the unique financial needs of new, niche, and small to mid-sized farm operations.

Microloan types

There are two types of microloans available through FSA: Farm Operating Loans and Farm Ownership Loans. Specifics about each are provided below.

Operating microloans can be used for all approved operating expenses, including but not limited to: start-up expenses; annual expenses such as seed, fertilizer, utilities, land rent, marketing costs, family living expenses, purchase of livestock or equipment, minor improvement costs, hoop houses, tools, irrigation, and delivery vehicles.

Ownership microloans can be used for FSA Farm Ownership Loan approved expenses, such as the purchase of land or a farm, construction of new buildings, improvements to existing buildings, pay closing costs, and implement conservation practices.… Continue reading

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Bayer offers carbon credit programs to farmers

Bayer Agronomist Tyler Williams talks with Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo at the 2022 NAFB Trade Talk about what the company is working with on carbon credits and how growers can be paid by practice for their participation in carbon sequestration. Williams also discusses Bayer ForGround, a new tool available to growers taking advantage of regenerative agriculture practices.… Continue reading

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An increasing demand for farmers with high-oleic soybeans

United Soybean Board

Health-conscious consumers want high oleic soybean oil — and with seed decisions around the corner for farmers, this growing market demand may warrant taking a look at high oleic if it’s available in your area. The benefits associated with high oleic speak for themselves. For Kevin Wilson, soy checkoff farmer-leader and Indiana farmer, the decision is simple: Farmers are turning to high oleic due to its premium sustainable qualities while meeting the worldwide demand for soybean oil.

“Companies are looking into more sustainable products to use, and they are seeing an increase in benefits for growing high oleic,” Wilson says. “The confidence they have in U.S. farmers providing a reliable product is a major plus for U.S. Soy.”

Generally, farmers growing high oleic report that they yield on par with or better than their farm’s average — adding profitability and innovation at the same time. Wilson has grown high oleic soybeans for seven years on his farm and discusses the great success he has experienced with them.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s pig farmers donate pork to Second Harvest Ohio

Ohio pig farmers, through Ohio Pork Council, the National Pork Board, and Farmland, a brand of Smithfield Foods, are partnering with country music superstar Luke Bryan’s fall Farm Tour to donate more than 160,000 servings of protein to Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio. The donation will help fill the protein gap often faced by food banks and help nourish the food insecure throughout the area. With Farm Tour stops across Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota, Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio is one of six organizations that is receiving donations to aid communities in need.

The six-location donation will total an estimated 210,000-pounds of pork, which is more than 1 million servings of protein provided to those in need. Supporting people and communities in this way are just a few of the We Care Ethical Principles pig farmers live by.

“Caring for our communities is at the heart of what pig farmers do every day, which is why we are excited to give back at this scale with the support of Farmland and Luke Bryan,” said Jess Campbell, National Pork Board member and Ohio Pork Council board member.… Continue reading

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A look at residue management

Residue management is a critical factor when planning for the 2023 planting season, according to Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR) data. 

“Corn fields with excess residue can harbor insects, create emergence issues, and keep soils wetter longer,” said Aaron Carmer, PFR technician at Beck’s. “These are serious issues that can have big implications in the spring if not managed correctly.” 

There are two ways to manage residue — mechanical manipulation and applying residue management products. Both can be effective, so the decision might simply come down to what works best for your operation. 

In 2017, Beck’s developed the PFR Proven endorsement. For a product or practice to become PFR Proven, it must be tested for three years at multiple locations, provide a positive yield gain each year, and average a positive return on investment over the three-year period. 

Beck’s has identified two PFR Proven residue management systems that have continually provided an increase in yield and ROI over three years of testing — the Capello Quasar Chopping Head and the Yetter Stalk Devastator.… Continue reading

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Thankful for turkey farmers

By Ty Higgins, Ohio Farm Bureau

By now we have all heard that Thanksgiving dinner, according to American Farm Bureau, is going to cost consumers about 20% more than it did just a year ago for a number of different reasons, including inflation. Turkey producers, the farmers that work hard to put that centerpiece on the table are feeling the pinch of inflation as well.

“A lot of it has come to play with the rising cost of inputs, the electric, fuel, parts, also the cost of feed, the cost of employment for everyone involved,” said Curt Menchhofer, who farms with his brother, Eric, in west central Ohio.

The turkey alone is about 21% more expensive than 2021, but turkey farmers like the Menchhofers aren’t seeing an increase in their bottom line at the farm level.

“No, not necessarily,” Curt said. “There, again, due to our rising input cost, it’s costing more to produce that same turkey on our own, let alone our contractors and with feed costs and employment costs.”… Continue reading

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Will corn get to $7.50?

By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC

The corn market shook off bearish news and closed nearly 10 cents higher last week.

Basis values in the west have been very strong, which is pulling corn from the middle of the U.S. to the southwest. This increased corn demand seems to be causing the December to March futures spread to narrow into a very small carry, which is incentivizing commercial elevators to let go of their stored corn as soon as possible.

Since U.S. farmers are generally not selling, the market is begging for grain right now. However, with reduced supply in the southwestern corn belt and a tight carryout overall, some farmers think corn futures will follow the pattern of the last two years and trade above $7.50 by spring.

As always, the corn market is complex and there are many factors impacting prices right now. The following summarizes both sides.

Reasons corn could rally to $7.50

  • Argentina’s yields were devastated by La Niña the past two years, and there is reason to believe it will happen again this year with the weather phenomenon expected to last throughout most of the growing year. There
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Checkoff encourages farmers to take advantage of high-oleic soybean contracts

United Soybean Board

Farmers can lock in new premiums by growing high oleic soybeans during the next growing season. Farmers who lock in contracts for 2023 by Dec. 1, 2022, can secure up to a $2.20 bushel premium.

These specialty varieties offer increased functionality for the food sector and industrial applications, which has revolutionized the soybean value chain. Farmers can learn how to secure contracts for high oleic soybean production and the premiums that come with them by visiting unitedsoybean.org. High oleic contracts offer opportunity for additional farm profitability with minimal investment, which makes a difference in today’s economic and market conditions.

“This is a great opportunity for farmers to add value to their land,” said John Motter, United Soybean Board Past Chair and Ohio farmer who started growing high oleic soybeans in 2011. “It’s an attractive way for a farmer to make additional revenue, ensuring reliability to meet customer demand and furthering the reputation of U.S.… Continue reading

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Fall herbicide application in dry conditions

By Alyssa Essman, Ohio State University Extension

Dry conditions this fall have led to timely harvest progress in much of the state. As folks start to wrap up, the window for follow up field activities like fall herbicide applications may be longer than in years past. Recent C.O.R.N. articles have covered the benefits of fall herbicide applications: Our Annual Article to Nag about Fall Herbicides and Cressleaf GroundselAVOID A NIGHTMARE NEXT SPRING!!!!!!!!Another Article about Fall Herbicides?!. In the 2022 driving survey of late-season weed escapes in soybean, marestail was the second most common species encountered. Fall applications are an essential part of managing marestail and other overwintering species.

The dry pattern this fall may have reduced winter annual weed emergence, and we don’t appear to be headed into an overly wet pattern. It’s possible that weed populations are low and may not merit a fall application, although there are always more weeds out there than we think.… Continue reading

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Crop rotation and second-year soybeans

By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc. 

As we look toward 2023 and begin to make plans, growers will determine what crops to plant and plant crop rotation across their acres. When considering crop rotations and yields, many focus on continuous corn and the yield penalties associated with that practices. However, there is one possibly overlooked benefit of crop rotation: avoiding a soybean yield penalty.

In this article, the University of Kentucky’s John Grove discusses soybean yields for first year and second year soybeans from 2009 to 2016. Grove’s research data shows an average yield penalty of 2.3 bushels per acre across that 7 year period, with some years being showing yield losses greater than 10 bushels per acre. In another article from No-Till Farmer, Greg Roth shows data that predicts a 4 to 6 bushels per are yield penalty for second year soybeans.

Yield loses from continuous soybeans (and other continuous crops) are usually associated with increased disease presence as well as pests.… Continue reading

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Pheasant Point: Burning to restore upland bird habitat

By Brooke DeCubellis, Natural Resources Conservation Service

For Bonnie Hurley and her late husband Dale, prescribed fire was a tool that they used to rejuvenate their grasslands and create ideal wildlife habitat for upland game birds in Lewistown in Logan County. Initially, the two leased the 110 acres for farming but ultimately decided that they wanted to create a wildlife habitat and enrolled the property into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).  

“It was always my late husband’s vision to be able to conserve and give back,” Hurley said. “Dale loved upland bird hunting and being out in nature with his dogs and we both wanted to pass that legacy on to others.”

Bonnie Hurley and her late husband Dale wanted to leave by improving wildlife habitat on their Logan County property. NRCS photo by Brooke DeCubellis.

Under the guidance of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pheasants Forever, and other conservation experts, the Hurleys worked to put a habitat management plan in place.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 278 | Christmas Trees and Sheep What More Do You Need?

On today’s podcast Dusty and Matt talk with Roger High, executive director of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, about the Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium. Matt also talks with Courtney Helt who is the owner of Holiday Farm in Somerset. She talks about taking over a Christmas tree farm after moving back to Ohio. All this and more thanks to AgriGold!

00:00 Intro and OCJ/OAN Staff Update 

10:10 Courtney Helt – Christmas Tree Farm

14:04 Back With Roger High – Ohio Sheep Improvement Association… Continue reading

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Taking the guesswork out of soil sampling

By Evan Delk, CCA, vice president of sales and marketing for Integrated Ag Services

One of the top ways to combat record fertilizer prices is to utilize soil sampling to know what’s in your fields. Soil sampling sets the FOUNDATION for EVERYTHING you do on your farm. If you take care of the soil, the soil will take care of your crop.

While good soil conservation practices are critical to successful farming, not all soil sampling is created equal. HD Soil Sampling, or high-density soil sampling, is any grid soil sample density under 1-acre grids. Those who have implemented HD Soil Sampling on their farms are surpassing record-breaking yields. 

Cultivating the ideal soil comes down to Liebig’s law of the minimum. A principle developed in agricultural science by Carl Sprengel and later popularized by Justus von Liebig, it states that “if one of the essential plant nutrients is deficient, plant growth will be poor even when all other essential nutrients are abundant.” … Continue reading

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Cold weather, dry conditions

Cold weather and snow flurries accompanied producers as they proceeded towards completion of this year’s corn harvest, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. With recent precipitation events, soil moisture levels improved in most areas of the State, although a sustained dry zone persisted in southwestern counties. The U.S. Drought Monitor showed moderate to severe drought in 37.7% of the State, down from 66.8% from the week before. Abnormally dry conditions or worse were observed in 76.3% of the State, down from 88.3% during the previous week. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 17% very short, 33% short, 47% adequate, and 3% surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on Nov. 20 was 30.6 degrees, 10.9 degrees below normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.22 inches of precipitation, 0.43 inches below average. There were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending November 20. 

Corn for grain was 92% harvested, and the average moisture content of corn grain at harvest was 18%.… Continue reading

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